Nine tips to get you started

The basic idea behind mindfulness meditation is simple: you sit in a comfortable position and focus on something like your breathing.

When your mind wanders, you bring it back to its original task.

The goal of mindfulness meditation is not about achieving a state of bliss – although that can be a pleasant side effect. It’s about training yourself to recognise when you’re distracted from what you’re doing and, in time, not be so easily distracted. In other words, focus on one thing at a time.

Whether you’re just beginning to get into meditation or are already a regular, here are some tips for ensuring you get started and stay on the path:

  1. Be motivated, dedicated, and disciplined even if you don’t enjoy it at first just like eating vegetables or exercising).
  2. Set realistic goals and be kind to yourself even if you become uncomfortable, restless, impatient or emotional.
  3. Let yourself be in the present – without wanting anything to be different.
  4. Embrace it fully – rather than treating it as an escape from reality.
  5. Prepare so you’re ready to meditate rather than coming up with excuses not to.
  6. Be consistent. It’s better to do 5 to 10 minutes a day than one hour a week.
  7. Start where you are. Like physical exercise, 20 minutes will be more beneficial than 10. So start small and try to work your way up to longer sessions.
  8. Keep it simple – do a breath or relaxation meditation to get into the flow.
  9. Stick with one style of meditation for a week before trying another one – so you don’t get overwhelmed with all the options out there.

Kind Words

Sean Lappin
May 26, 2024

Natalie’s journey began as a personal one, embodying her practice and then working with her colleagues within her own business to assist them to realise the many benefits Natalie knows are associated with mindfulness approaches. She brings this experience and integrity to establishing Alite Mind. An organisation that she has established to help others on their mindfulness journeys.

Natalie works with people of all ages with a high level of professionalism, grounded in years of study across a range of therapeutic approaches. Along with her genuine, caring and positive personality she consistently delivers high quality services in meditation and counseling.

Tim James
April 30, 2024

I have known Natalie since January 2020 and am so grateful our paths crossed. Natalie has incredible enthusiasm, is a leader in any area she steps into and has a deep passion and ability to support others. It has been an honour to witness her journey over the last 5 years, from bringing mindfulness practices to staff at her engineering business, to studying meditation, mindfulness and counselling and commencing Alite Mind studio at St Agnes to further support the community. Natalie has created a beautiful space for learning, growth and healing and offers amazing services for young ones and adults. She is a heart centred practitioner always looking for ways to enhance the support available to members of the community. I highly recommend Natalie and her offerings.

Lisa Forde
April 26, 2024

Natalie is a passionate and authentic meditation teacher who is highly dedicated to her craft and clients. She walks her talk with continued professional and personal development and brings joy, colour and fun into her group sessions and work with children. I highly recommend her classes.

Ben Walsham
March 27, 2024

I had meditated on and off for a number of years but recently I was seeking something more grounded and consistent. I joined Natalie's group and have seen a massive improvement to my practice. It's a supportive environment and have learnt a lot since joining. Highly recommend for anyone looking to develop their mindfulness!

Meaghan Willington
March 19, 2024

I have attended 2 meditation classes with Natalie and absolutely love it. Natalie makes you feel so welcome from the moment you walk in. The room is very calming and is a beautiful space to relax. You walk out feeling positive and relaxed and I cant wait for the next Monday night session. Thanks so much Natalie.

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